Dates of the Carnival in Basel 2019
But what makes the Carnival in Basel particularly special is its blend of anarchical chaos and well organized large-scale event. The following is an overview of what visitors should experience.
On the second day of the Carnival in Basel, hundreds of children continue the tradition of taking part, individually or in groups, in a light-hearted parade. The city centre is a hive of colourful activity and the "Binggis", as children are known in Basel dialect, wear whatever costumes they like.
12.03.2019, 7.30 - 11 pm
Tuesday evening is all about the Gugge music bands. At 6.30 pm the "Sternenmarsch" begins – a long procession of Gugge music bands that converge from different directions (hence the name "star-shaped march) and make their way from the trade fair (Messe) via Clarastrasse to the market square (Marktplatz) or Barfüsserplatz. Large stages are erected there for the musicians to present their songs to the Carnival audience.